Distribution and logistics giant Great Bear are making their mark on Henry Boot Development’s flagship business and industrial park for the second time. The developer has announced a deal for an additional distribution centre at Markham Vale North, located at Junction 29A of the M1 Motorway.
The announcement comes just four months after Henry Boot Developments handed Great Bear the keys to their new 479,750 sq ft distribution centre at Markham Vale East in July 2016.
Construction is set to start on Great Bear’s second 479,285 sq.ft distribution centre in January and will be completed by June next year.
After successfully building Great Bear’s first facility at the site, Derbyshire-based construction firm Bowmer & Kirkland have been appointed by Henry Boot Developments as the contractor for this second unit.
Vivienne Clements, Director at Henry Boot Developments said: “This second investment by Great Bear is testament to our successful approach to the delivery of high quality, bespoke buildings at Markham Vale.
“The new unit will join the 225,000 sq ft unit currently under construction for Ferdinand Bilstein UK on Markham Vale North, which is due for completion in January 2017.”
Established in 1994, Chester-based Great Bear operates in 30 locations nationwide providing warehousing and distribution for clients such as PZ Cussons, BMW, Unilever, Mars and Mondelez.
Peter Yarwood, Regional Operations Director at Great Bear Distribution said: “The deal agreed between Henry Boot Developments for a second distribution unit is evidence of the quality of space Markham Vale has to offer.
“Being located on the M1 corridor the site fits our needs perfectly.
“Henry Boot Developments has already delivered a bespoke facility for us at Markham Vale and we are confident this second unit will allow us to further enhance our capacity to service the wider UK more effectively.”
When Great Bear’s second distribution unit is complete, the firm will occupy just under one million sq.ft of land at Markham Vale and will generate up to 800 jobs, making them the largest business on the site to date.
Leader of Derbyshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Strategic Policy, Economic Development and Budget, Councillor Anne Western said: “We’re really pleased Great Bear has chosen to build a second distribution centre at Markham Vale bringing a further 400 jobs.
“It shows great confidence in the site’s location and in Derbyshire as a place where businesses thrive and grow.
“We’re very proud of Markham’s progress to date – it’s now home to 40 businesses and has brought over 900 to jobs to the area so far.”
A remaining 35 acres of land is available on Markham Vale North, with 12 acres of land available for immediate development on Markham Vale West.
For enquiries at Markham Vale, please contact one of the leasing agents below:
Rich Harris, JLL, 0113 235 5249
James Keeton, JLL, 0115 908 2141
Franco Capella, Burbage Realty, 07834 197 403
James Harrison, Burbage Realty, 07775 905 415